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Cops set to crackdown at criminal hotspots

PUBLISHED: 10:18 20 August 2009 | UPDATED: 10:59 23 August 2010

HOT SEAT: Ann Barnes

HOT SEAT: Ann Barnes

CRIMINAL damage and anti-social behaviour hot spots are to be targeted by a police team launched as part of a countywide multi-million pound investment. North Kent Police s second Neighbour Task Team (NTT) has been launched following a £2.6 million cash

CRIMINAL damage and anti-social behaviour hot spots are to be targeted by a police team launched as part of a countywide multi-million pound investment.

North Kent Police's second Neighbour Task Team (NTT) has been launched following a £2.6 million cash injection from Kent Police Authorty.

The team will join the force's other NTT, which was introduced in September last year, to focus on reducing and preventing criminal damage and anti-social behaviour.

Made up of one sergeant and five constables, teams will be deployed to areas suffering disproportionate levels of nuisance crimes and will also work with partner agencies to target those responsible.

One team will operate in and around Dartford and the other in Gravesham.

Chair of the KPA Mrs Ann Barnes, said: "This investment will double the number of hard-hitting task teams out on our streets.

"These teams will act as the enforcement arm in our neighbourhood policing - making a positive difference.

Residents, through Partners and Community Together (PACT) meetings, can make suggestions for priority areas where they would like the task team to be placed.

If there is a problem where you live, you can report it at your local PACT meeting to ensure action is taken. To find out more visit the Kent Police website at www.kent.police.uk and use the postcode search facility.

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